Confidentiality Policies and Practices

Privacy is important to us, and to the safety of our animals. Among other circumstances to be determined at our discretion, it is the policy of AWS not to release any of the following information:

Employees & Volunteers:

  • Salary or wages, if any
  • Personal information not otherwise publicly available


  • Personal information not otherwise publicly available
  • Amounts and/or types of gifts

Exception: Information may be released if authorized by the donor and approved by AWS development staff.

View our full Donor Privacy Policy.

Clients (individuals who request and/or receive AWS services):

  • Personal information not otherwise publicly available


  • Pricing, discounts, payment histories, contract information

Exception: This is not meant to prohibit AWS from using vendor pricing during pricing or service negotiations.


  • Information regarding animals that are not available for adoption
  • Specific circumstances regarding the surrender of an animal
  • The disposition of any animals including transferred, adopted or euthanized

Exception: Information about animals, their circumstances, and dispositions may be shared when in the best interest of AWS or the animal, as determined by Shelter Management.


  • Legal matters the organization may be involved in
  • Certain operational and business procedures as determined by management
  • Any personal information regarding a Pets and Survivors to Safety (PASS) or [email protected] foster situation